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TUCSON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrest smugglers attempting to smuggle a combined $939,000 worth of drugs in six separate incidents at the Port of San Luis, Nogales and Douglas over the weekend.

At the Port of Douglas, three male Douglas residents attempted to smuggle a combined $148,000 worth marijuana in two separate attempts on Saturday, Nov. 8.928F40C5B3266FF884E36F4FD25F0C72_787_442

A 25-year-old man was taken into custody after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officers of more than 124 pounds of marijuana inside the cargo area of his Jeep SUV. The marijuana was estimated to be worth more than $62,000.

Later that day, the Port of Douglas officers arrested two 17-year-olds for trying to smuggle nearly 171 pounds of marijuana concealed throughout their GMC SUV. The marijuana was estimated to be worth more than $85,000.

At the Port of San Luis, four Somerton, Ariz. residents were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle contraband into the United States.

On Nov. 8, 24-year-old Christian Cedillo and his brother, 32-year-old Jose Luis Cedillo, were arrested after officers found 16 packages of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 13 pounds, in the transfer case of their Ford truck. The methamphetamine was estimated to be worth more than $38,000.

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 32-year-old Armando Zavala and his wife, 34-year-old Martha Zavala were apprehended after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officer of 15 pounds of cocaine, weighing nearly 42 pounds, concealed inside a non-factory compartment behind the back seats of their Ford Truck. The cocaine was estimated to be worth more than $438,000.

At the Port of Nogales, a Mexican man and a Phoenix area man were arrested in separate attempts to smuggle hard drugs through the port.

On Nov. 8, 36-year-old Jorge Alberto Saracho-Velarde from Caborca, Sonora was arrested after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the Dennis DeConcini crossing officers of more than 26 pounds of cocaine in all the tires of his Chevrolet truck.

On Nov. 9, 26-year-old Diego Villalpando Valadez of Tolleson, Ariz. was apprehended after a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted the officers at the Mariposa crossing to six packages of methamphetamine, weighing nearly 14 pounds, in the rear bumper of his Nissan sedan. The methamphetamine was estimated to be worth nearly $41,000.

All the individuals were referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The drugs and vehicles involved in the incidents were processed for seizure.

 

 

 

 

 

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